FALL FOR THE BEST OF BARBADOS
, which launched Oct.
1, is designed "to gain more market share" before the peak travel
season, according to Bill Silvermintz, vice president of marketing,
the Americas, for the Barbados Tourism Authority. Perks include two
free nights and daily breakfasts on a seven-night stay at hotels
that serve meals; three free nights out of seven at hotels without
meal service; and one free night out of five and two free nights
out of seven at all-inclusive properties. Up to 25 hotels are
participating in the package as are up to 20 restaurants that offer
a 50% discount on the second meal when the first meal is fully
paid. Ground attractions have discounts up to 30%. Packages must be
booked through participating tour operators by Nov. 30 for stays
through Dec. 20. The program "will help give us a strong lead-in to
the winter season which, for the first time, will feature new
nonstop service on Continental from Newark four times a week
starting Dec. 18," Silvermintz said. He described the fall program
as "high value" and one that "will create a buzz in the
marketplace." For details, visit www.barbados.org
TARZAN AND JANE wannabes can swing through
Jamaica's treetops this winter, thanks to a new "canopy tour"
program offered by Chukka Cove Adventure Tours, based near Ocho
Rios, and Chukka Blue Adventure Tours, headquartered in the Montego
Bay area. The canopy tours, priced from $65 to $75 per person,
feature an intricate harness system of pulleys on horizontal
traverse cables, supervised by experienced guides, which lets
participants swing up to 50 yards between platforms high in the
trees at leaf level. Tours cost between $65 and $75 per person, can
be purchased at hotel tour desks and are the latest addition to the
firms' adventure programs. Other adventure plans include rubber
tubing down a jungle river, all-terrain vehicle safari rides on the
grounds of Rose Hall Great House near Montego Bay, riding horses
into the sea, mountain bike treks and country bus tours, complete
with reggae and dreadlocks. For details, visit Chukka Cove
Adventure Tours at www.chukkacove.com and Chukka Blue Adventure Tours at
THE 39TH ANNUAL MS. TRAVEL AGENT 2004 PAGEANT
will be held Dec. 6 at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay.
Sponsors are Sandals Resorts, Air Jamaica and American/Wolfe
International Hotel Representatives. Six finalists will compete;
contestants must be currently employed by a travel agency in a
sales capacity for at least one year. Entry forms are available
from A/WIHR, 1890 Palmer Ave., Larchmont, N.Y. 10538 or by calling
(800) 223-5695. Deadline for submitting completed forms and with
two photos is Nov. 1.
• Cayman Airways will launch nonstop twice-weekly service between
Chicago O'Hare and Grand Cayman Dec. 17 through Oct. 30, 2004. The
flights will operate Wednesdays and Sundays.
• Aruba bound: US Airways will launch a second Saturday flight from
Charlotte, N.C. Feb. 14; United will have Saturday service from
Washington Dec. 20 to April 17; and Sun Country will operate a
Saturday charter from Minneapolis from Jan. 24 to April 10.
• US Airways will offer Saturday nonstop flights from Charlotte to
La Romana, Dominican Republic, Dec. 13.
PENCIL IT IN
• 2003 Sunfish World Championships, Oct. 10 to 19, Divi Little Bay
Beach Resort, St. Maarten.
• ScubaBowl, Oct. 13 to 15, Grand Cayman. This is designed for dive
trade professionals to showcase the destination's dive
• 12th Annual Dry Creek Vineyard Women's Sailing Week, Oct. 25 to
Nov. 1, Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin
• Sixth Annual World Creole Music Festival, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2,
• Tourism Week, Nov. 2 to 8, Anguilla. The theme is "25 Years of
Tourism: Still Celebrating the Best of Anguilla."
• Cayman Aqua Vows, Nov. 15, Grand Cayman. Here is a dual
opportunity to get married underwater and participate in an attempt
to set a new world record for underwater weddings. Visit www.caymanislands.ky/aqua_vow/ for details.